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E.P. Rock celebrates mentor program

Mentor Fred Dietze and Nicholas Richmond high five during the end of the year Mentors and Muffins event at E.P. Rock. 1 / 3
Emma Beach, her mentor Betty Goodwin, Katie McCarthy and Jackson Beach smile during the E.P. Rock Stand-By-Me Mentoring Partnership anniversary celebration. 2 / 3
Judy Zappa, a mentor for the last 20 years, celebrates the anniversary with her mentee Lindsey Fellener. Submitted photos. 3 / 3

Submitted by E.P. Rock Elementary

On Thursday, May 10 over 120 mentors, mentees and their families gathered at E.P. Rock Elementary to celebrate the year-end Mentors and Muffins event. This year was extra special as it was the 20th anniversary of the program.

The Stand-By-Me Mentoring Partnership is a school-based volunteer mentorship program. Community members volunteer their time as mentors to provide academic and social support for students. Sometimes it's a game, or reading a book or often just spending quality time with the child.

The mentors say they receive as much as they give and the children look forward to their weekly visits. The program was established in 1998 by a group of teachers at E.P. Rock. This year over 50 mentors spent their lunch hour building relationships with students.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or would like more information on the Stand-By-Me Mentor Program contact Holly Quinn-Marrs at